Monday, June 22, 2009

Love and Children and Freedom

Spent Friday, Saturday, and half of Sunday in the woods.

Enjoyed Sunday afternoon with my son & daughter treating me to "Father's Day".

Realized that with modern technology you can hide out in the woods without anyone knowing that is where you are at. Lap top with Verizon air card keeps me hooked to the modern world. However it does have a good off button, so when I want my privacy "off" works real well.

My children remember well the travel trailer we had in the woods when they were growing up. Every weekend we would leave the city for the "woods". The dark nights made the stars so bright you thought you could reach up and touch them. Camp fires until 3am, hiking, fishing, and some of the best times were had. The best part was that we were basically cut of from the rest of the world. Dependant on what we had, and our own ability. Yes there was a town 35 miles away, but no neighbors with-in 10 miles. We used to joke about how long we could survive living off the land.

So why do my children criticize my desire to do this full time? My camper van is a rolling house with ALL the comforts they have in their house. King size bed, toilet, shower, air conditioning, refrigerator, stove, micro-way, coffee pot, battery back-up, and a generator. Now that I think of it my camper has more than the house does.

So since Sunday was my day I decided to ask my kids point blank why they did not like the idea. Well point blank their reason was that they would miss me to much. We have always been a close loving family, and became even closer after my wife died. Every Monday I have dinner at my daughters, and there are the range days, and fishing trips with my son.

So we have decided to start off slow. I'll start with being gone for a month, and then return for a month, and see how that goes. I do love my children, but I love my freedom to. Damn how to handle this?

August first is day one of freedom.

See ya

Friday, June 19, 2009

See Ya Monday

Time to head for the woods.

See Ya

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Life is good

How has this recession-depression--preparation-self sufficiency-climate change-total cluster f**k government control-high bullet prices-high gas prices-high food prices-crime increasing-and any other gloom and doom effected me?

Not in the least bit. I still have a roof over my head that does not leak, a comfortable bed to sleep in, and a full stomach. Life is good.

Since I have always been a pack rat, I have always had more of everything I needed by buying in quantity when ever possible. I also always use less than I have. Having lived for 68 years now I am totally debt free. No mortgage, no car payment, no credit card bills.

I have a years food supply on hand, a piece of junk land, a camper van for travel, and a condo for city living. Still trying to sell the condo. At today's prices I would lose around 38k from the purchase price. Don't care-remember money is only a means of exchange.

Right now I figure I could hold out for at least a year with no income at all. Life is good.

Why did the greed, and super high living have to destroy this great country? Will we recover? We had better-third world living will really suck. We did it before so folks the recovery had better start soon. Cash is king-credit used wisely is still a tool to improve your living standard. However the major rule to success and easy living: Ya can't spend more than you make-easy to say-really hard to do for the majority of the spoiled generation. Learn from your mistakes.

See ya

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fun Sunday

Oh the joy-range time today.

200 rounds of 22 thru the Browning Buck Mark

100 rounds thru the Smith & Wesson 686

Life is good.

Back to the re-loader.

See ya

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Used to be steel and wood-now black & plastic

I planned to spend the week-end in the woods. That is until my son reminded me of the gun show in Tampa. Well the last one had nothing of of interest(UN godly prices),and no ammo to speak of. But wtf it's a gun show. The law is if there is a gun show your attendance is mandatory. Just like driving a convertible(top down except in rain), and yes lower them side windows.

Back to the gun show. I did go to the woods, but promised my son I'd pick him up Sunday morning. We arrived just as the parking gates opened. About 5Th in line-got front row parking, but still had to wait for another half hour for the show gates to open. We made a good choice to stand in line at the gate. Before the gates opened there was probably 150 people already backed up.

Ticket gates opened, and guess what-you are right-stand in another line to get into the show after walking what seems two miles to the gun show building. I'm getting to old for this shit.(need a service golf cart) Doors opened five minutes late, and the flood of bodies flowed in.

Did I wake up in Black Plastic Hell? Seems the entire show was Glock, and AR-15's. Row after row after row. Did I do something very wrong in my childhood to deserve this punishment?
Ah but looking very closely on the second pass around little gems of stainless, and blued wheel guns,semi-auto's, my beloved 1911's,appeared in very small spots. Time for serious hunting now. I refuse to pay $1200.00 for a Python, since I already own two. This price continues thru-out the hunt.

Then the Gun Show God's smiled down on me. In a glass case at the end of Glock row there appeared a beautiful Colt Mustang 380. My son's favorite carry in hot weather. His is showing wear, and this one could be a nice Father's gift for him. Asking the price however blew the deal out of the water. $1400.00 for a 380? Not on my watch. However also in the case is a Browning Buckmark 22 semi-automatic. Now this is a brand I have collected for many years. My heart, and wallet was flapping. Asking the vendor to see the gun I noticed that a scope mount was on the top(meaning no rear sight) Asking if he might have the rear sight he replied no-since 22's were not his forte. When I turned over the price tag my wallet just came flying out of my pants. I did not even ask for a better price. The price you ask? $150.00 And it's a real steel and wood target grip BROWING. There really is a Gun Show God for this old man.

After a couple of cigarettes, and a Pepsi we went back inside to look for reloading supplies. Got lucky again-found the powder I needed at fair price(no ripe off like primers), and yes I bought more than I would usually buy. So hate me. I shoot at least 200-400 rounds a week at the range, so I did not buy it just to hoard.

My son wandered away while I was finishing the purchase, and when I caught up to him he had a very unique weapon in his hand. He said Dad this has your name on it.In his hand was a "Taurus" Judge. It has a cylinder that looked 5 miles long and shoots a .410, and the 45 long colt. Damn why couldn't Smith & Wesson make this. I am NOT a fan of Taurus. I'm a sucker for odd ball weapons for my collection. Like my stainless .30 Auto-mag pistol, and my .30 Carbine pistols.

Yes I bought the damn thing. Now I have to find 45 long colt ammo. Found that to-but paid high dollar. But I will have 300 cases to re-load after firing what was purchased.

All in all I did add a nice Browning to my collection, and a wonderful day spent with my son.

Next Sunday-range time!

See Ya

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Back-up Back-up Back-up Back-up

In the world of computers the first thing all idiots that use them need to learn is the fact that they break.

I am an idiot. I keep forgetting that computers break. I must be suffering from ICRS. So with my feeble brain I try my best to remember the "gospel" back-up your info. How do I do that? I have an external hard drive, three computers, and a dozen data travel 2g flash sticks.

Well this morning my number one computer continued to freeze up about every five minutes forcing a re-boot, and really pissed me off because of the time factor involved. So take it out of the system I said. Lets take this baby apart and find the problem.

But first need to install back-up computer. Fairly simple, unplug componets, and replace with second computer. Shit-new computer can't use old printer(out dated drivers). Trip home to get right printer. OK new system for work related needs up and running.

I have certain blogs that I enjoy reading every day, so I have these on all my computers, and flash drives. I go to my list, only to find half of them missing on this computer. WTF?
Damn I hate Vista. This is the only computer loaded with Vista.

OK Finally all that is needed is now on this computer. Now since I have TWO external hard drives, this computer is now backed up on both external hard drives. Being stupid has cost me the better part of two days to get back to where I started. Did I learn anything? Probabely not, but I sure have enough equipment to play with.

Life without Home on the Range, and Hermit Jim is not an option. Open land,guns,and coffee are a man's necessity's. So for stress relief this week-end head for the woods, pop off a 100 rounds, and drink a gallon of coffee.

See Ya